August 14, 2015

Wine & Berry Popsicles

Wine & Berry Popsicles

Beat the heat with popsicles made from red wine and sweet boysenberries. A great summer treat.    

It’s August and where I live, it’s hot, hot, hot this time of the year. So, summer is for sipping chilled white wine…by the pool, sitting around with friends, or in my pajamas watching TV at night. 

But what about all those beautiful red wines we love? I think they’re getting lonely. That’s where wine-sicles come in!

As you know, we grow boysenberries on the garden fence and they pair well with iced sangrias. So, I thought I’d use them in some Wine & Berry Popsicles. I have bags and bags of boysenberries in my freezer, and I often munch on them by handfuls, so I know they taste great frozen.

I used a syrah for this recipe, just because I had an opened bottle. But any red wine will do. I had Kerry try one and at first he said it needed more wine, so I said I’d make a second batch. A bit later, he said he kind of had a “buzz” from eating one popsicle, so I figured it didn’t need any more wine.

urse you can adjust the amount of wine you use. Some reds are light, so you might want more wine flavor, while other reds are deeper and heartier, so following the recipe will be just right. These popsicles are on the sweeter side, since they’re a summer treat, but go ahead and experiment.

Just be sure you label these as wine popsicles, so the kids don’t eat them! If they can’t read yet, put them in a container you can’t see through. You don’t want to end up on the evening news because the little monkeys were buzzing around the neighborhood with red mouths.

Wine & Berry Popsicles

Makes 10

  • 4 heaping cups of boysenberries 
  • 1 cup sugar (adjust sugar according to sweetness of berries)
  • 2 cups red wine (may add one more cup for more wine flavor)

Cook berries and sugar on medium heat just until sugar is dissolved, crushing the berries with a spoon. Add wine. Let cool a bit before pouring into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight.

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